WHAT began out as a little bit of enjoyable between Andrew McLeod and his brother Jonathan will function on Adelaide’s guernsey when the AFL’s indigenous spherical is performed this month.
McLeod, a 340-game participant with the Crows in a glittering enjoying profession that netted him each group and particular person award besides the Brownlow Medal — is behind the design which encompasses a Torres Strait Islander headpiece often known as a ‘Dhoeri’.
A complete of 18 tuna fish complement the jumper to symbolise the identical variety of Crows gamers on the bottom.
“The design represents cultural ties and my brother and I thought it would be a nice idea to create one for the footy club,” McLeod stated.
“It incorporates components of island life, issues that symbolize who we’re and the Kaurna Protect to point out respect that we’re on their nation.
“I labored on it with Jonathan, he does this type of factor in his spare time and brings the magic, then we confirmed just a few individuals on the membership and it went from there.”
Indigenous midfielder Cameron Ellis-Yolmen, who has performed the final 4 video games, together with final week’s Showdown win over Port Adelaide, stated he can be honoured to put on the jumper towards West Coast in Spherical 10.
“I like it, it’s superior to point out indigenous tradition and it’s an opportunity for the gamers and their households to precise themselves,’’ Ellis-Yolmen stated.
“We received first take a look at this design and it’s nice to see how it’s produced and the story behind it.”
Ellis-Yolmen got here into the Crows’ group in Spherical four and has been used successfully by coach Don Pyke as a tagger by means of the midfield.
“I’m really happy with how things are going,” he stated.
“I feel like I’m playing my role and that’s been to try to stop some of the bigger-bodied mids like (Ben) Cunnington and (Nat) Fyfe around stoppages.”